This blog post was updated on September 27, 2019.
If you’re on the lookout for places to visit in Vietnam, it’s a must to take in something that reflects the country’s complex history, rich art traditions, health and ecological practices, and forward-thinking creativity. Sure, finding cheap international flights to the southeast Asian country usually means you’re more inclined to taking in its natural beauty, tasting its savory cuisine, and basking in its exotic atmosphere, but taking the time to visit at least one of the amazing museums in Vietnam is a standout experience that enhances all the others during your trip. Many of the major museums are located in the capital city of Hanoi. However, there are must-see museums throughout the country that range from small to large, along with the well-known to the obscure. Here are just 5 museums in Vietnam to kick off your research and trip planning!
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum – Hanoi
Vietnam’s leading fine arts museum is located in a historic building that was constructed during the French colonial period. After Vietnam gained its independence, the building was used as a place to collect and store precious artifacts from various parts of the country. Today the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is home to a robust collection of art pieces from classical antiquity through the present. One of the most popular works on display is a lacquered wood statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara from the 16th century.
Precious Heritage Museum – Hoi An
Home to photographer Réhahn’s large collection, the Precious Heritage Museum provides visitors with a journey through various regions of the country. Since the early 2000s, Réhahn has been on a journey to document the 54 ethnic groups that call Vietnam home. Located in a 19th-century building, the museum is comprised of five rooms that contain hundreds of portraits and artifacts, including clothing. Traditional songs from each tribal culture play as you move through the galleries.
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Vietnam National History Museum – Ho Chi Minh
History buffs will find plenty to captivate them at the Vietnam National History Museum. It houses nearly 200,000 objects from pre-history to 1945 (the year of Vietnam’s independence from France), including traditional glazed ceramics, bronze artifacts from the Lê – Nguyễn dynasties, Champa stone sculptures, as well as documents and artifacts relating to the Revolutionary history and the Communist Party of Vietnam.
3D Art in Paradise Museum – Da Nang
You will have a hard time believing your eyes when visiting this ultimate trick art experience! Art in Paradise Danang is part of a group of 6 international 3D art museums located in Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia. The Da Nang museum is comprised of 9 thematic zones (classical, optical, aqua, safari, fantasy, central hall, world, Egyptian, imagine) filled with art pieces that invite the viewer in to become part of the art. Let’s just say you’re sure to emerge from this experience with your next profile pic.
Drink Vietnam: The Little Museum of Nguyen Shack – Ho Chi Minh
What Drink Vietnam lacks in size, it makes up for in uniqueness and interest. This one-of-a-kind museum is dedicated to educating visitors about teas and spirits used for medicinal purposes in Vietnam. In addition to learning about these beverages, visitors can sample and purchase them. The museum is located within the Nguyen Shack eco-lodge/community, which is an experience in and of itself. While you’re there, grab a meal in the restaurant to experience fresh, flavorful Vietnamese cuisine.
Have you visited Vietnam? Which museums would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section.